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As part of our efforts to transform the culture, Perception Institute hosted the Black Male Re-Imagined convening in 2010, in partnership with the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Knight Foundation. We brought together thinkers, leaders, practitioners, activists, and media figures to discuss campaign strategies to re-imagine black men in American media and reshape the narratives that contribute to distorted perceptions of black men and boys.

This laid the groundwork for our second convening, Black Male Re-Imagined II, in 2013. We brought together 200 media figures, producers, foundation executives, artists and advocates to discuss what it takes to bolster authentic perceptions of black men and boys. Over two days, numerous figures such as Baratunde Thurston, Daniel Beaty, Alan Jenkins, Rashid Shabazz, and Van Jones gave talks alongside panels on public policy, challenging the conventional wisdom about black men, race and policing, and more.

In our video gallery below, you can see short interviews from Black Male Reimagined about how media representation shapes our perceptions, and the consequences this has for black men and boys.

Rashad Robinson on Media Accountability at Color of Change 


Eleni Delimpaltaki Janis on Black Men and Boys in the Media


Baratunde Thurston on Using Humor to Talk About Race


Camille Hackney on Creating an Artist’s Image